I say that news organizations should become advocates for open information, demanding that government not only make more of it available but also put it in standard formats so it can be searched, visualized, analyzed, and distributed. What the value of that information is to society is not up to the gatekeepers — officials or journalists — to decide. It is up to the public.
Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine. Public is public… except in journalism?
While the above quote may stand on its own, a little context: not everyone liked the map of gun permit owners that was published in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Jarvis believes that the decision of whether or not the map is morally sound belongs to the public — not to journalists.
Other media thinkers have said otherwise. The Times’ David Carr argued yesterday that the map, which showed the addresses of gun permit owners in New York’s Westechester and Rockland counties, isn’t journalism.
Well, is it?